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  • May Race of the Month

    Posted on April 29th, 2012 CoachGreg No comments

    The Contenders

    Plenty of races to choose from this month, including some new ones. Here’s my favorites:

    Bulldog Breakaway (begins May 17)

    The Bulldog Breakaway Series is a series of 5K races contested at The Citadel on Thursday evenings and put on by the track team as a fundraiser. Simple race against the clock. One lap of the track, one lap of the campus, one lap of Hampton Park (shaded!), and one lap of the campus to finish the race. Coaches Jody Huddleston and Kris Kut do a great job of encouraging and welcoming everybody. If you want to test yourself against the clock, this is the place to be.

    Race the Landing Series (begins May 3)

    We haven’t checked them out because it’s brand new this year but any race that ends with food and beer can’t be all be bad. You’ll be off the road and on the path Charles Towne Landing State Park. Races are on Thursday evenings. They’re promising a good time but do register before the race so they can order enough food.

    Hell Hole Swamp 10K Gator Run and Walk

    I look forward to the Hell Hole Swamp 10K every year, even when I’m not running. It’s run out in the booger woods in Jamestown, South Carolina this Saturday, May 5. Run 1.5 miles on a paved road. Turn right. Run 1.5 miles on a dirt road. Turn right. Run 1.5 miles on a dirt road. Be aware of the elevation change near the end of the dirt road - a railroad crossing. Run 1.5 miles on a paved road.

    Highlights of the Hell Hole Swamp Run

    • Mr. Roy Pipkin and his shotgun
    • Ice water on the course - with ice!
    • The Hell Hole Swamp Festival Parade
    • Race Director and Poet Laureate of Jamestown, Mr. Michael Lake
    • Gator Head Trophies

    gator-headNow, I could explain everything in the list above but you must experience these things to really appreciate them. In the interest of full disclosure, I need to tell you that I am privileged to drive the race champions in my truck in the Hell Hole Swamp Festival parade but I am sure I would pick this race as my race of the month, even if that were not so. (I’m thinking I might put some old school lawn chairs in the pack of the truck for them to ride in this year rather than having them sit on the wheel wells.)

    What’s you favorite race in May? You can find a complete list of races on our website.

    (The Charleston Running Club feeds our blog into their Facebook page and the opinions expressed here are only the opinions of two guys who love to run and inspire others to run. An endorsement here does not imply an endorsement by the Charleston Running Club, but it should.)

    Our Fall Marathon and Half-Marathon training kicks off soon and this year our marathon training includes registration for the Francis Marion Dirt Dash, a $59 value! Take a look at our training information.

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